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Great Clips celebrates growth with 4,000th salon

World’s largest hair salon brand expands industry lead

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 29, 2016) – Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, solidified its position as the global leader and international icon in the haircare industry with the opening of its 4,000th franchise. The 4,000th Great Clips hair salon, located inside the Meijer store in Flat Rock, Michigan, just south of Detroit, is the latest addition to a franchise network that stretches throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Great Clips is a successful franchise system with every one of its 4,000 salons independently owned and operated. The newest salon is owned by Brian and Christie Czopek who are among the 1,200 dedicated franchisees in 180 markets across North America.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this major milestone of our 4,000th salon opening and attribute our success to our dedicated corporate staff, enthusiastic franchise (salon) owners and their talented stylists who work day in and day out to make us the greatest haircare brand in the world,” says Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen. “We are proud to have built a company that continues to grow with happy franchisees who open multiple salons; and loyal customers who keep coming back for quality and affordable haircuts.”

“We’re honored to open the 4,000th salon and continue to grow this business because Great Clips provides the support and guidance to expand with confidence,” says Christie Czopek. “This is our fourth Great Clips salon and we plan to open another by the end of the year. My husband, Brian, and I keep investing in this brand because Great Clips invests in us and all its franchisees to make sure we grow and prosper while taking care of our stylists and our customers.”

What makes Great Clips great

Great Clips salons operate in 180 markets across the U.S. and Canada with some 200 locations opening each year. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised, with 1,200 franchisees who employ 40,000 stylists in 4,000 salons across the U.S. and Canada.

In 2016 alone, 1,200 Great Clips franchisees employed 40,000 licensed stylists who will deliver more than 100 million haircuts by year-end; nearly two million services each week!

The brand’s success is proven by nearly 12 consecutive years of growth in same-salon sales and 43 quarters of customer count increases.

Great Clips demonstrated its leadership of the haircare space by being the first to offer two industry changing technology solutions that make it convenient for customers to get a quick, quality and consistent haircut.

In 2011, the company was the first in the industry to launch Online Check-In which allows customers to check in from their smartphone or computer, saving them wait time at the salon. Today, 30 percent of haircuts at Great Clips begin with the customer using Online Check-In and the Great Clips app has been downloaded 5 million times.

In 2013, Great Clips was the first in the haircare industry to introduce Clip Notes®, digital tracking of each customer’s haircut preferences, which are referenced at each visit to ensure customers get the haircut they want. Today, Clip Notes® are kept in the company’s secure data cloud so stylists at any Great Clips salon across North America can retrieve the information and give customers the quality haircut they expect.

“Our success is the result of a simple strategy,” notes Great Clips Chairman of the Board Ray Barton. “From the day we opened our first salon to the opening of our 4,000th location we always put the customer first. We treat the salon owners, their stylists and our corporate employees like family. We want them to be successful and they, in turn, have helped us build the great brand we are today.”

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